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den 23 juni 2010

  ”Se till att era ideal är de rätta!”

Några rader från ett tal som Antonin Scalia, en domare i USA:s högsta domstol, höll till avgångselever i en high school:

I am here to tell you that it is much less important how committed you are, than what you are committed to.

More important than your obligation to follow your conscience, or at least prior to it, is your obligation to form your conscience correctly.

Nobody ”” remember this ”” neither Hitler, nor Lenin, nor any despot you could name, ever came forward with a proposal that read, ‘Now, let’s create a really oppressive and evil society.’ Hitler said, ‘Let’s take the means necessary to restore our national pride and civic order.’ And Lenin said, ‘Let’s take the means necessary to assure a fair distribution of the goods of the world.

In short, it is your responsibility, men and women of the class of 2010, not just to be zealous in the pursuit of your ideals, but to be sure that your ideals are the right ones. That is perhaps the hardest part of being a good human being: Good intentions are not enough. Being a good person begins with being a wise person. Then, when you follow your conscience, will you be headed in the right direction.

Amen. Det påminner lite om den gamla sanningen att ”tänka fritt är stort men tänka rätt är större”. Men ack så sällan vi hör detta sägas idag.